July 18th, 2013
BECKET, Mass. (WGGB) — A third day of searching brings no evidence of Jamie Lusher’s remains in a Becket pond.
The 16 year old was abducted and killed almost 21 years ago in Westfield.
Under intense heat, police searched here at Greenwater Pond for the last three days, in an area about the size of a football field, where these buoys are currently located.
While the three day search did not reveal any evidence that Lusher’s remains were placed in the water, both police and Lushers’s family say the efforts were well worth it.
For three days, Jamie Lusher’s family watched as dozens of divers splashed into Greenwater Pond.
The mission: to find any remains of Jamie after serial killer Lewis Lent confessed to placing the 16-year-old’s body in the water over two decades ago
“This is the most incredible thing I’ve eve seen for my brother,” says Jennifer Nowak, Jamie’s sister.
The lake is 88 acres wide, but the primary search area was about the size of a football field.
At over 30 foot depths, the water temperature was only 40 degrees.
Dive teams from New York and Massachusetts searched for any trace of evidence in layers of silt.
“This is a crime that is purported to have occurred almost 21 years ago, so I compare this to looking for a needle in a haystack, but quite frankly, we find needles in haystacks very frequently in this business. This is far more challenging,” says Col. Timothy Alben of the Mass. State Police.
While ardous, the work is still valuable. Alben says after two decades and with Lent already serving life in prison for other murders, the goal this week was to simply bring closure.
Jamie’s family says even with no evidence being recovered yet, dive teams succeeded in doing that, at a suddenly special, tranquil location.
“He unwittingly placed my son in a place that my son would love. I also can come to a specific spot on this lake and feel confident that’s that where his body was placed and I can talk to him. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, someday I will see him again, not on this earth, but I feel very confident that I will see him again,” says Jamie’s father, James Lusher.
“Now when I go down Mass. Pike, I have a place to kiss.”
State Police have promised the family of Jamie Lusher and the public that this is not the end of their search for Jamie’s remains. They plan to periodically return to Greenwater Pond to continue diving, hoping one day they will bring final closure to his family.
They also believe people who have used Greenwater Pond over the past two decades may have seen things in the water or on shore that didn’t seem important at the time, but could be critical in the investigation.
They ask anyone with any information to contact them.